The Muscarelle presents our third installment of Art Film Friday, a free community event, on December 14, 5:30 pm, at Washington Hall Room 201. Please join us for the celebrated documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child. In his short career, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a phenomenon. Appreciated by Andy Warhol, the art cognoscenti and the public, Basquiat was launched into international stardom. However, soon his cult status began to override the art that made him famous. Director Tamra Davis pays homage to her friend in this cinematic biography, but also delves into Basquiat as an iconoclast. His dense, bebop-influenced neoexpressionist work emerged while minimalist, conceptual art was the fad; as a successful black artist, he was constantly confronted by racism and misconceptions. Much can be gleaned from insider interviews and archival footage, but it is Basquiat’s own words and work that powerfully convey the mystique and allure of both the artist and the man.
The screening will include a short introduction by the student organizers. (Film run-time 1hr, 33min). Washington Hall is located at 241 Jamestown Road on the campus of William & Mary.